The Dodgers 2014 season was highlighted by pitching and Fantasy Baseball owners can certainly attest to that.
Clayton Kershaw was especially dominant on his way to another Cy Young win.
Zack Greinke was stellar working as the Robin to Kershaw’s Batman.
And Hyun-Jin Ryu continued to prove himself as a solid Fantasy pitching option.
On the offensive side, outfielder Matt Kemp showed some signs of returning to MVP form in the second half of the season, and 2B Dee Gordon emerged as an elite stolen base asset.
We took the projected lineup, rotation and bullpen from RosterResources.com.
2015 Los Angeles Dodgers Projected “Go-To” Lineup:
- SS Jimmy Rollins
- LF Carl Crawford
- RF Yasiel Puig
- 1B Adrian Gonzalez
- C Yasmani Grandal
- 2B Howie Kendrick
- CF Joc Pederson
- 3B Juan Uribe
This lineup definitely has some versatility. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kendrick hitting in the two-spot against lefties probably. I do expect to see Rollins leading off all season. Manager Don Mattingly hesitated early in 2014 penciling Puig in as an RBI producer, I do not expect him to carry over those concerns.
Dodgers Projected Pitchers:
- LHP Clayton Kershaw
- RHP Zack Greinke
- LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
- RHP Brandon McCarthy
- LHP Brett Anderson
- RHP Kenley Jansen (closer)
- RHP Joel Peralta (setup)
2015 Los Angeles Dodgers Fantasy Studs: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Adrian Gonzalez
Kershaw is going to be drafted in the first round — and in many drafts the early first round. He has separated himself from the rest of the Fantasy aces. He is still only 26 years old and missed several starts after the team’s trip to Australia. It is scary to think that Kershaw posted his 2014 numbers having missed those starts.
ICYMI: To put Rockies’ struggle to foster pitching in context, 26-yr-old Clayton Kershaw already has more innings than any P in COL history.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) February 4, 2015
Greinke should also garner a high draft slot. Having Kershaw as a teammate helps him stay slightly under the radar, but he has settled in nicely in Los Angeles. This could potentially be a contract year for Greinke, if he chooses to opt out. Also, owners should not sleep on the consistent/boring Adrian Gonzalez either.
Breakout Candidate: Yasmani Grandal
Grandal has shown glimpses of power that could be a difference maker at the catcher position. I expect him to get the majority of the starts at catcher and he could end up hitting in the middle of the lineup, as well. There is room at the catcher position for Grandal to breakout and find himself as a top-five Fantasy catcher.
Sleeper Candidate: Brandon McCarthy
The Yankees traded McCarthy to L.A., but in the Bronx, he was allowed to utilize his cutter once again. This seemed to spark resurgence for McCarthy who delivered a fantastic stretch for Fantasy Baseball owners. McCarthy has health concerns, but should benefit from pitching for the Dodgers in spacious Dodger Stadium.
Bust Candidates: Yasiel Puig
The young Cuban outfielder is unquestionably a dynamic player. In 2014, owners saw his power numbers drop off, though, and I am not confident in his stolen base numbers. This leaves Puig as a solid batting average guy who should drive in and score some runs. The only caveat here is that Puig is still young and undoubtedly capable of continuing to develop, just as his plate discipline did last year.
Top Rookies: Joc Pederson
Pederson provides elite power and speed potential. Posting a 30-30 season at Triple-A Albuquerque last year, the path seems to be paved for a starting job in center field this year, thanks to the departure of Kemp. If Pederson wins the center-field job, he could be in the mix for NL Rookie of the Year consideration.
— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) February 3, 2015
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The Dodgers’ offseason moves unquestionably improved their defense. This should have a positive impact on all pitchers (as if Kershaw needed it).
Both McCarthy and Anderson could provide big profit in 2015, if they can stay healthy, but how many times have we been down that road already with Anderson? Regardless, it is worth keeping an eye on.
Yasiel Puig Photo Credit: Dustin Nosler
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